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Secrets of Wild India: Desert Lions

Two Asiatic Lion cubs lying on tree trunk in Gir National Park.
The desert of northwest India is one of the most challenging environments on the planet, where only the best adapted survive. The indigenous people call it marusthali, meaning “region of death.” Found in this harsh area of drought and heat is the Asiatic lion, one of the world's rarest big cats and India's national emblem. The unforgiving desert is also home to one of the world's fastest terrestrial mammals, the blackbuck. Witness the adaptability of nature in this inhospitable place.